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Russell Louis Goetz (May 31, 1930 – March 15, 2017) was a professional baseball umpire who worked in the American League from 1968 to 1983. Goetz umpired 2,384 major league games in his 16-year career. He umpired in two World Series (1973 and 1979), two All-Star Games (1970 and 1975) and four American League Championship Series (1970, 1974, 1977, and 1981).[1]

Russ Goetz
Russell Louis Goetz

(1930-05-31)May 31, 1930
DiedMarch 15, 2017(2017-03-15) (aged 86)
Years active1968-1983
EmployerAmerican League
Home townMcKeesport, Pennsylvania

Goetz wore uniform number 5 when the American League adopted numbers in 1980. He was one of the last five umpires using the outside chest protector when he retired.

Goetz died March 15, 2017 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.[2]

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